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March 2014
Dr. Seyed Amir Akrami

Seminar on Islam and Interfaith Dialogue with Seyed Amir Akrami
"Islam and Interfaith Dialogue," was the topic of IIIT's latest monthly seminar held on March 21, 2014. Dr. Seyed Amir Akrami, the featured speaker, is a scholar of Islam, the philosophy of religion, and interfaith dialogue. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. ...
March 22, 2014 on a clear and sunny day in Herndon- a break from the reign of the polar vortex, a workshop was held by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author of Green Deen: What Islam Says About Protecting the Planet to discuss the many ...





Dr. AbdulHamid AbuSulayman & Dr. Abubaker Alshingieti visit IIUM on March 2014. The two institutions have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding.  


 Traditional Versus  

Modern Education: Vision and Planning of Muslim Institution  


Key-note Address delivered by Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi in a Two-day National Seminar on "Traditional Versus Modern Education: Vision and Planning of Muslim Institutions" on March 1-2, 2014 organized by Centre for Promotion of Education and Cultural Advancement of Muslims of India (CEPECAMI), Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.    

Ustadh Abbas Baghdadi
Ustadh Abbas Baghdadi is one of the world's foremost exponents of Islamic calligraphy. He was born in 1951 in Baghdad and has had a distinguished career as a calligrapher and teacher of calligraphy. He adheres strictly to the rules of classical calligraphy and is adverse to 'modern calligraphy', especially when its practitioners do not master the art in its traditional form. He is well-known for the balance, clarity and majesty of his works.

(The Muslim 500: The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims, 2013/14, p. 155)

Links to some of Baghdadi's work:
Baghdadi website
Samples on YouTube
Classical Foundations of Islamic Educational Thought: A Compendium of Parallel English-Arabic Texts


Editors: Bradley J. Cook & Fathi H. Malkawi


Education has always been an important pursuit in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad enjoined his followers to "seek knowledge, even unto China." Within the religion, educational theory and practice were founded on the work of itinerant teachers who taught the fundamental tenets of the faith in exchange for lodging and other services; Qur'anic schools where masters of the Qur'an tutored pupils; and centers of higher learning in Baghdad, Damascus, Alexandria and elsewhere, where Islamic theology and jurisprudence were developed and taught. In this volume, Bradley J. Cook, with assistance from Fathi H. Malkawi, has drawn together and introduced selections from the writings of eminent Islamic thinkers on the subject of Islamic educational efforts, presenting the original Arabic texts alongside their annotated English translations.

Foundation of Islamic Finance Conference (FIFC)

April 2-3, 2014    

 اللسانيات وتطوير تعليم اللغة العربية 

إبريل 30-29، 2014

Muslims of the Balkans: Current Situation and Challenges Ahead

May 2, 2014    
Muslims in UK and Europe   

May 17-18, 2014    
Summer Students Program - 2014   
May 19- June 24, 2014    
Summer Institute for Scholars - 2014  
June 16-22, 2014    
IIIT Visitors

American University Students in Washington, DC
visited IIIT on March 5, 2014.
Summer Students Program
The Fairfax Institute

Islamic Art Courses at TFI 
taught by world renowned Arabic Calligrapher
Ustadh Abbas Baghdadi 
Arabic Calligraphy 
Mondays 6-8pm 
Calligraphy by Ustadh Baghdadi

The Art of Zakhrafa (Arabesque)
Thursdays 6-8 pm
Calligraphy and Arabesque by Ustadh Baghdadi
To register email tfiadmissions@iiit.org  

or call 703-230-2843 / 703-471-1133     


Arabesque work by one of Baghdadi's novice students
T. J. Al Alwani Library
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is an intellectual forum that:
  • Examines educational, academic, and societal issues from an Islamic perspective,
  • Introduces intellectual and methodological reforms in education, classical knowledge, and societal science,
  • Formulates a comprehensive Islamic vision and methodology for critical analysis of contemporary knowledge, and
  • Promotes and supports research projects, organizes intellectual and cultural meetings, publishes scholarly works, and engages in teaching and training

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